Suspect in Canton crash charged with DUI
CANTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- The family of 20-year-old Evan Bard, the Curry College student killed in a car crash early on May 11, spent Mother's Day at the scene of the accident with police by their side.
Police said the 24-year-old driver was under the influence of alcohol and driving on the wrong side of the road. He tried to correct himself and crashed into a wall, then crossed the yellow line, up onto the sidewalk and into a tree.
“They're all obviously still in shock,” said a police officer.
The roadside memorial continues to grow, now with flowers and messages of love.
“It’s horrible, it’s a horrible thing, and we live right around the corner so my daughter thought it was a good idea to come down and leave some flowers and think of someone else did lose their life,” said one neighbor.
Bard's on-again, off-again boyfriend, Sean Jackman, who police say was driving the car, has now been arrested and charged with operating under the influence and motor vehicle homicide.
“I spoke with him last night and he was aware that she had passed away,” said a police officer. “He didn’t really give much of a reaction.”
The 24-year-old is still recovering at Boston Medical Center. He'll be arraigned Monday in his hospital bed.
“Both families it’s a horrible thing,” said one neighbor. His family and her family have to wake up today and face this.”
Neighbors are stunned by the developments.
“They’re a good family, he’s a good kid. If I could take away their pain I would,” said another neighbor. “As a mother it’s always in the back of your head that it could happen to one of your own children. They make foolish mistakes sometimes.”
Police said the arraignment for the 24-year-old suspect should take place the morning of May 13 and have been unable to interview Jackman at this time.